Man was created in God´s own image and likeness,
but still how could God´s image and likeness be recognised
while being distorted by man himself?
Gustavo Diaz Sosa´s Art Work displays personal and poetical understanding about the different stages that signal the human journey to awareness and liberation. Whereas Dante’s Divine Comedy may be considered as the disclosure of his life and sense of existence, Diaz Sosa´s work unveils a full world of deep thoughts about underlying concerns that have taken place throughout his life. He is continuously narrating a parable about his underlying concerns as if he were philosophically self-portrayed. He depicts himself within the gregarious mass of his tiny characters. Judgements, bureaucrats, endless queues, towers, monuments and huge architectonical spaces represent the sceneries in which the artist delivers a speech about the vulnerability of the gregarious human being who is in search of their real identity while struggling against the ruling power.
Throughout his work, Díaz Sosa encompasses various topics in continuous search of answers to those questions that have mostly unsettled human existence, such as “Who am I?”, “ Where do I come from?”, “Where am I heading for?”. His artwork displays mystic nature thus resulting in the public interest for discovering the artist´s inner world.
Díaz Sosa states:
“We as human beings have been blessed with the divine gift of free will though we are unaware of its real significance and the power it entails. Our choices seem to be conditioned by the interests of those who control the material world. We live in a gregarious world like props in a large stage built by powerful minds. We have denied our own identity the moment we have been seduced by the lure and charm offered by those who rule us. We have fallen on the material gravitation thus distorting our main condition. Humankind is disoriented because it has forgotten the true essence of being, just like a child hides their innocence when growing old. Is it possible that our own instinct fails the moment we apply free will? Or is it easier to believe what powerful minds make us believe? What has come out of real truth? What has come out of the breath of God that gave birth to Adan? What has come out of man created in the image and likeness of God? Indeed man was created in the image and likeness of God, but still how could God´s image and likeness be recognised while being distorted by humans themselves?”
My artwork displays my own personal and poetical understanding of the human current condition after the fall. Since birth, humankind is unconsciously surrendered to the fallacy of an imposed truth. My characters run out of the way having no clue where to go. They run in search of gates and exits among the walls that corner them against the dominating order which abides by established rules and regulations. Like gregarious hordes, humans try to save themselves not knowing they are following an uncertain way out. Who am I? Where do I come from? Why do I exist? Where am I heading for? Should they know these issues, they would be free beings. However, we have been “set up” in a way that prevents us from solving these issues.
I make use of architecture as a tool or symbol of style and power. Architecture is based on the mysterious language of the universe with the purpose of being sustainable and persistent. Sustainability springs from the physical and mathematical laws that rule the Universe, the divine language of creation. This is the reason why I consider architecture as a symbol of divine gift. However, it serves the function of both protecting humankind and dominating it. Large monuments such as churches, temples and skyscrapers remind us of our vulnerability in the face of the majesty of those who rule them. I hereby base the notion of my artwork on stages full of huge towers, columns, temples with boundless aisles, endless staircases and walls with no end, where humanity is always downplayed. It is a parable about what we are in the universe in the presence of those rules that have been imposed onto us since birth. The dominant groups are always shielded by extremely large temples so as to ratify the fragility of those who show their weakness before power.
I encourage critical thinking through the use of dramatic environments and scenographic compositions that occasionally remind us of Kafka´s character K lost in a great and unattainable “Castle” or plunged into the devastated despair of a never ending and nonsense “Trial”. I could also recall Dostoievski´s novel “Crime and Punishment”, in which a bewildered Raskolnikov struggles between the paradox of good and evil, right and wrong, the desirable and the undesirable. In the light of evidence, I refer to “1984”, year in which George Orwell popularised the idea of self-appointed and omnipresent Big Brother by retelling the functioning of a totalitarian regime that handles humankind at will. Nevertheless, as Dante shows his idea of life existing after death according to his beliefs, my work has always been a continuous analysis about who we are, where we come from and where we head for”.